Friday, November 30, 2012

New World Order: is the UN about to take control of the internet?

Is there a war on for the web?

ITU Building Cropped 
 
The future of the web will be decided in a dark room by UN politicians and authoritarian governments — at least according to Google and some other opponents of the International Telecommunication Union’s plan to reform its 25-year-old guidelines. Leaked documents have shown that ITU members are interested in adding more internet regulations to the ITU’s mostly telecommunications-focused rules, something critics worry will let countries justify repressive filtering of the internet or upset the current balance of power by pushing more regulation. Supporters, meanwhile, hope it will help internationalize the internet, counterbalancing the more US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which currently manages domains and controls the internet’s backbone.
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/29/3706352/un-itu-talks-dubai-guide

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